Jonesport-Beals boards to vote on school plan

by Nancy Beal

The three schools that make up Union 103—Beals Elementary, Jonesport Elementary, and Jonesport-Beals High School—are preparing to open for in-person instruction next month. Whether students go back to school physically or remotely will be decided at a board meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 12 in the high school gymnasium. That decision will be based on an 11-page plan that asks and answers how the schools plan to meet the requirements made necessary by the pandemic coronavirus.

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Beals, Jonesport officials discuss COVID-19 policy

by Nancy Beal

How should the Moosabec community prepare to alert its citizens of a positive case of the pandemic coronavirus? That was the question newly elected Beals selectman Paula McCormack posed to elected officials, first responders and others from Beals, Jonesport and Addison whom she invited to a meeting in the Beals town office July 16.

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Jonesport-Beals High School Class of 2020 Honor Parts

The Faculty and Administration of Jonesport-Beals High School proudly announce the class parts for the school year 2019-20.

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Jonesport town office adapts to pandemic closure, changes hours; beavers flood yet another road

by Nancy Beal

At the Jonesport selectmen’s April 8 meeting, Irene Rogers, their assistant, requested permission to work from her home. A week later, selectmen granted her wish. Given permission to download certain files, she said two weeks ago, she would be able to keep up with her designated work which includes preparing agendas and taking minutes of selectmen’s meetings (they are meeting via Zoom), administering general assistance and Salvation Army queries and handling mooring fees.

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Jonesport selectmen ‘Zoom’ in on town business

by Nancy Beal

With guidance from Jared Guillette of the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG), the Jonesport selectmen met last week, linked by the video conferencing system known as Zoom, and the public was able to watch and join in. During their hour meeting, they dealt with recreational marina floats, an appraisal of the hoped-for commercial marina, and listened to another presentation on broadband.

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Jonesport selectmen go to the video

by Nancy Beal

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PRSWDD’s fate on the bubble as Columbia decides to stay or leave; Jonesport, Columbia Falls question tonnage

by Nancy Beal

There has been no overt movement on the year-long attempt of Jonesport and Columbia Falls to leave the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) in recent weeks. The arena has moved from the board room to behind the closed doors of lawyers hired by each side to represent their interests.

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Jonesport approves $670k, some elected offices

by Nancy Beal

Jonesporters held their annual town meeting March 9, electing the people who will run the town for the next fiscal year (July 2020 through June 2021) and authorizing the money to do it with. In addition to the usual expenditures, approximately 80 persons raised $20,000 as the town’s share of a $66,000 stream crossing grant to rebuild the little overpass on the Kelley Point Road near Route 187 where Stillman’s Creek empties into Sawyer’s Cove, making the total raised $669,398.

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Washington County Coronavirus updates

The Machias Valley News Observer will be regularly updating this page with information relating to coronavirus in Washington County, including closures, cancellations, and postponements. If you have any updates to include here, please email them to editor@machiasnews.com.

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Will fish farm propel $12M power line upgrade for Jonesport?

by Nancy Beal

In an unusual reversal in the practice of awarding grants, the town of Jonesport has been invited to apply for a $1,000,000 infrastructure grant. That was the word that Bill MacDonald, the new executive director of the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG) brought to Jonesport selectmen recently — first via email on the last day of January, then in person on Feb. 5.

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